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-34 done. And some cried one thing, and some another, among the multitude: and when he could not know the certainty for the tumult, he ordered Paul to be taken into
35 the castle. And when Paul came upon the steps, it happened that he was carried by the soldiers, for the violence
36 of the pcople; for the multitude of the people followed, crying out, "Destroy him."
37 And as Paul was about to be taken into the castle, he saith to the commander, "May I speak to thee I" Who
38 said, "Canst thou speak Greek? Art thou not that Egyptian, who formerly madest a disturbance, and leddest out into the desert four thousand men that were
39 assassins?" But Paul said, "I am a Jew of Tarsus, a city of Cilicia; a citizen of no mean city: and I beseech
40 thee, suffer me to speak unto the people." And when the commander had suffered him, Paul stood on the steps, and beckoned with his hand to the people. And when a great silence was made, he spake to them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,
Ch. Xxii. "Brethren, and fathers, hear my defence which I
2 make now unto you." (And when they heard that he spake to them in the Hebrew tongue, they kept the greater
3 silence: and he saith,) "I am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city of Cilicia, but brought up in this city, being instructed at the feet of Gamaliel according to the exactness of the law of our fathers, and being zealous toward God,
4 as ye all are this day. And I persecuted this religion unto death, binding and delivering into prisons both men
5 and women. As the high-priest also can bear me witness, and the whole body of the elders: from whom I received letters also unto the brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring bound unto Jerusalem those also that
6 were there, that they might be punished. But it came to pass that, as I journeyed, and came near to Damascus, about noon, a great light from heaven suddenly shone
7 round about me. And I fell to the ground, and heard a voiee saying unto me, 'Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou
8 me?' And I answered, 'Who art thou, Sir?' And
9 he said unto me, 'I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.' And those that were with me saw indeed the light, [and were afraid;] but heard not the words
10 of him who spake to me. Then I said, 'What shall I do, Sir?' And the Lord said unto me, 'Arise, and go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all
11 which is appointed for thee to do.' And when I could not see, because of the glory of that light; I came into Damascus, led by the hand of those that were with me.
12 And one Ananias, a religious man according to the law, having a good report from all the Jews who dwelt there,
13 came to me, and stood, and said unto me, 'Brother Saul, recover thy sight.' And, at that very time, I looked up
14 on him. Then he said, 'The God of our fathers hath appointed thee to know his will, and to see that Righteous
15 One, and to hear the words of his mouth; for thou shalt be his witness to all men, of what thou hast seen and
16 heard. And now, why delayest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, taking upon thyself his
17 name*.' And it came to pass when I returned to Jerusalem, and while I was praying in the temple, that I
18 was in a trance: and saw Jesus saying unto me, 'Make haste, and go quickly out of Jerusalem: for they will
19 not receive thy testimony concerning me.' Then I said, 'Lord, they know that I imprisoned, and beat in every
20 synagogue, those who believed on thee. And when the blood of thy witness [Stephen] was shed, I also stood by, and consentedt, and kept the mantles of those who killed
21 him.' Then Jesus said unto me, ' Depart; for I will send thee hence far off to the gentiles.'"
22 And they gave him an hearing to these words, and
* Or, the name of the Lord. Some MSS. and Vent. N. m. having called on his name. N. See Wakefield.
t eonsented to ha death. R, T. and N. Set Grioshach. 2d edit.
then lifted up their voices, saying, "Destroy such a man from the earth: for it is not fit that he should live."
23 And as they cried out, and cast off their mantles, and
24 threw dust into the air; the commander ordered that he should be taken into the castle, and bade that he should be examined by scourging; that he might know for
25 what cause they cried so against him. And as they prepared him for the scourge*, Paul said to the centurion who stood by, "Is it lawful for you to scourge one that
26 is a Roman citizen, and uncondemned ?" And when the centurion heard this, he went and told the commander, saying, "What art thou about to dot ? for this man is a
27 Roman citizen." Then the commander came near, and said to Paul, "Tell me, Art thou a Roman citizen?"
28 And he said, " Yes." And the commander answered,
29 "With a great sum I obtained this citizenship." And Paul said, "But I was free-born." Then those who were about to examine him by scourging, immediately left him: and the commander also was afraid when he knew that Paul was a Roman citizen, and that he had bound him.
30 And on the morrow, desiring to know the certainty why Paul was accused by the Jews, he loosed him from his chain, and commanded the chief-priests and all the councilf to assemble, and brought Paul down, and set
Ch. him before them. And when Paul had earnestly looked 'on the council, he said, "Brethren, I have always conducted myself with a good conscience before God, even
2 to this day." And the high-priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him, to smite him on the mouth.
3 Then Paul said unto him, "God will smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me according to the law, and yet commandest me to be smitten contrary
4 to the law?" And those who stood by, said, "Revilesl
5 thou God's high-priest?" Then Paul said, "I knew not,
• Gr. Or, stretched him forward for the thongs, N. m.
t take heed what thou doest, R. T. t their rannsiL It. T,
brethren, that he was the high-priest: for it is written, 'Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.'"
6 And when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, "Brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of Pharisees *: concerning the hope and the resurrection of the dead I
7 am now judged." And when he had said this, a dissension arose between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and
8 the multitude was divided. For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, nor angel or spirit; but the
9 Pharisees confess both. And there was a great cry: and the scribes that were on the part of the Pharisees arose and strove, saying, "We find no evil in this man: but if a
10 spirit or an angel have spoken to him, it is welli" And when there was a great disturbance, the commander feared lest Paul would be torn in pieces by them; and commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the castle.
11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, "Take courage, [Paul:] for as thou hast testified the things concerning me at Jerusalem, so must thou testify at Rome also."
12 And when it was day, the Jews f combined together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying, that they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul.
13 And there were more than forty that had made this con
14 spiracy. And they came near to the chief-priests and the elders, and said, "We have bound ourselves under a great curse, that we will taste nothing until we have kill
15 ed Paul. Now therefore ye and the council signify to the commander, that he bring Paul down unto you [on. the morrow], as if ye would inquire more exactly into the things concerning him: and we, before he come near you, will be ready to destroy him."
* Some read, "of» Pharisee," Newcome.
t Let ni not fight agaisut God, R. T. There word, are wanting in the beat copies. See a like apo,iope,i, Matt. Iv. 6; Lake 9. See Newcome and Griesbarh. J some of the Jot S, R. T.
16 And when the son of Paul's sister heard of their lying in wait, he went and entered into the castle, and told
17 Paul. Then Paul called one of the centurions to him, and said, "Bring this young man to the commander:
18 for he hath somewhat to tell him." So the centurion took him, and brought him to the commander, and saith, "Paul the prisoner called me to him, and desired me to bring this young man to thee, who hath somewhat to
19 say unto thee." Then the commander took him by the hand, and went aside with him privately, and asked him,
20 "What is it, which thou hast to tell me I" And he said, "The Jews have agreed to desire thee, that thou wouldest bring down Paul to-morrow into the council, as if they would more exactly inquire somewhat concerning him.
21 But do not thou yield to them: for more than forty men of them lie in wait for him, who have bound themselves under a curse, that they will neither eat nor drink until they have destroyed him: and they are now ready, look
22 ing for a promise from thee." So the commander let the young man depart, and charged him, "Take care to inform no man that thou has declared these things to me."
23 Then he called unto him two centurions, and said, "Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Caesarea, and seventy horsemen, and two hundred spearmen, at the
24 third hour of the night: and provide them beasts, that they may set Paul on one of them, and convey him safe
25 to Felix the governor." And he wrote a letter after this
26 manner: "Claudius Lysias to the most excellent governor
27 Felix sendeth greeting. I came up with the* soldiers, and rescued this man, who had been seized by the Jews, and was about to be destroyed by them. Having under
28 stood that he was a Roman citizen, and desiring to know the cause why they accused him, I brought him down
29 into their council: whom I perceived to be accused con
• o banda/roldicrs, N. Sec bishop Pealw.